Power Move: Warrior I (Virabhadrasana)
A standing yoga posture named after the mythic warrior Virabhadra, the Warrior I pose promotes a feeling of strength and power.
Lunge forward on one foot, positioning the back foot at a slight angle, and try to get the front quadricep to a 90-degree angle with the floor. Make sure your head, shoulders, hips and knees all face the same direction. As you hold the pose, visualize the smooth line of your body from the heel of your back foot to your front foot. To help you feel grounded and stable, make sure both of your feet are in even contact with the floor, supporting the weight of your body. If you still find it difficult to balance, you can turn your back foot out on a slight angle. If your lower back feels strained in this pose, lean your torso forward slightly over your bent leg.
Hold the pose for two to three breaths. Increase holding the pose for five to seven breaths.
Tracy Reading is a certified yoga teacher at the Harris Y and dad to Ali, currently attending LSU.